Bahrain death toll up from last year figures

Two construction workers have died in separate incidents in Bahrain bringing the total onsite deaths to 14 this year, according to the Labour Ministry.

M Devendra suffocated after the walls of a similar trench caved in on him in Bahrain. (Getty Images)
M Devendra suffocated after the walls of a similar trench caved in on him in Bahrain. (Getty Images)

Two construction workers have died in separate incidents in Bahrain bringing the total onsite deaths to 14 this year, according to the Labour Ministry.

This year's death toll has already surpassed that of 2007, which saw 13 workers killed in onsite accidents.

The latest incident involved an Indian worker who was buried alive as the walls of a 9-foot deep trench collapsed on him while he was laying water pipes in Salmabad.

Twenty-seven-year-old M Devendra was dead by the time his body was retrieved from the trench 15 minutes after the collapse. Two other workers suffered minor injuries.

The Labour Ministry's head of occupational health and safety Ali Abdulla Makki said their employer, Ahmed Mansoor Al A'ali Company, was not complying with health and safety regulations.

"Before workers are allowed inside a trench, both sides should be secured with metal sheets to prevent a collapse," he said. "Along this trench there was no such protection for which the site engineer is most likely to blame."

"The company and those responsible will now face prosecution once the final report is completed."

Maki said adhering to health and safety regulations could have also prevented the death of another Indian worker only two days previously at a construction site in Hidd.

Thirty-three-year-old U Sajeeven was crushed to death when a sheet of steel was accidentally dropped on him from the first floor of the site.

He had lived in Bahrain for almost six years working as a steel fixer for Qrozney Contracting Company, a firm run by his brother. Makki said the company will now face legal proceedings.

"There was no proper supervision for handling and lifting such a heavy metal sheet," he said.

"The supervisor or site engineer should not have allowed people to be working directly under the area where they were lifting."

"These workers are not very qualified in safety, and safety management on these construction companies is not as good as industrial companies."

"That's why we try to promote safety in the construction industry and enforce penalties."

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